Where to find preloaded HD enclosures
MicroSolutions' 80GB Backpack External Hard Drive, priced at $230, includes high-speed USB and parallel port connections.
If you'd like to use a hard drive enclosure but are squeamish about loading it with a fragile and expensive hard drive, here is a short list of the latest USB 2.0 and FireWire external hard drive packages that are already preloaded with hard drives.
HUSH 7200, $289, Avammo Inc., Lake Forest, Calif., 949-581-5173, www.avammo.com.
USB 2.0 and FireWire HDD, $239, Acomdata.com
, Chino, Calif., 919-613-9488, www.acomdata.com.
40G FireLine USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive, $250, Evergreen Technologies Inc., Corvallis, Ore., www.evertech.com
Cobra 120GB External FireWire Hard Drive, $198, EZQuest Inc., Yorba Linda, Calif., 714-694-0031, www.ezq.com
FireWire USB 2.0 Spark II Pro Dual Interface Hard Drive, $299 (with 60G drive), FireWireDirect.com, Austin, Texas, 512-302-0012, www.firewiredirect.com
Freecom FHD-2 Mobile Hard Drive 60GB USB-2 and FireWire, $339, Freecom Technologies Inc., Berkeley, Calif., 800-226-3807, www.freecom.com
IoGear Combo ION GHD125C40, $250, IoGear Inc., Irvine, Calif., 949-453-8782, www.iogear.com.
Iomega HDD 60GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive, Iomega Corp., San Diego, 858-314-7000, www.iomega.com
Mobile Hard Drive with USB 2.0 and FireWire (60GB), $369, LaCie Ltd., Hillsboro, Ore., 503-844-4500, www.lacie.com
Personal Storage 5000XT, $400, Maxtor Corp., Milpitas, Calif., 408-894-5000, www.maxtor.com.
Advantage USB+FireWire 2.0 Hard Drive 120GB, $239, MicroNet Technology, Torrance, Calif., 310-320-0772, www.micronet.com
80GB Backpack External Hard Drive, $230, MicroSolutions Inc., DeKalb, Ill., 815-756-3411, www.micro-solutions.com